Rashid Khan ‘strongly considering’ BBL future after Australia withdraw from Afghanistan series

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Australia
had
been
scheduled
to
take
on
Afghanistan
in
a
three-game
ODI
series
in
the
United
Arab
Emirates
in
March
as
part
of
the
ICC
Super
League.

However,
CA
confirmed
their
decision
to
pull
out
of
the
series
on
Thursday,
stating
it
was
due
to
the
treatment
of
women
and
girls
by
the
Taliban,
who
came
into
power
in
Afghanistan
in
2021
following
NATO’s
chaotic
withdrawal
from
the
country.

The
decision
for
Australia
to
opt
out
of
the
series
came
after
consultation
with
relevant
stakeholders,
including
the
Australian
Government,
with
CA
saying
in
a
statement:
“This
decision
follows
the
recent
announcement
by
the
Taliban
of
further
restrictions
on
women
and
girls’ education
and
employment
opportunities
and
their
ability
to
access
parks
and
gyms.”

Australia pull out of ODI series against Afghanistan amid Taliban's growing restrictions on women and girlsAustralia
pull
out
of
ODI
series
against
Afghanistan
amid
Taliban’s
growing
restrictions
on
women
and
girls

Afghanistan
T20I
captain
Rashid
posted
a
response
on
Twitter
that
read:
“Cricket!
The
only
hope
for
the
country.
Keep
politics
out
of
it,”
including
a
statement
outlining
his
disappointment,
before
questioning
whether
Australia’s
concerns
should
also
lead
to
him
withdrawing
from
the
Big
Bash
League,
where
he
plays
for
Adelaide
Strikers.

“I
am
really
disappointed
to
hear
that
Australia
have
pulled
out
of
the
series
to
play
us
in
March,”
he
wrote.
“I
take
great
pride
in
representing
my
country,
and
we
have
made
great
progress
on
the
world
stage.
This
decision
from
CA
sets
us
back
in
that
journey.

“If
playing
vs
Afghanistan
is
so
uncomfortable
for
Australia,
then
I
wouldn’t
want
to
make
anyone
uncomfortable
with
my
presence
in
the
BBL.
Therefore,
I
will
be
strongly
considering
my
future
in
that
competition.”

The
Afghanistan
Cricket
Board
also
issued
a
strong
statement,
saying
it
was
“extremely
disappointed
and
saddened
by
the
pathetic
statement
of
Cricket
Australia”
and
adding
it
would
“write
to
the
International
Cricket
Council
about
the
issue.”


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